Published May 6, 1961
A lonely cashier reads in a movie ticket booth while waiting for customers.
Arthur Getz moved to New York City in 1935 and, like many of the struggling artists of his time, began submitting illustrations to magazines and other publications. He sold his first "spot" drawings and cover to The New Yorker magazine in 1936; this first cover was actually printed on July 23, 1938. Thus began an association with the magazine that spanned over fifty years and ended with Getz's self-proclaimed "retirement" from New Yorker work in 1988. Fluent in the visual language of both city and country, Getz's boldly colored covers and his curvy signature soon became a recognizable part of the magazine's image. From the late 1940s on it was not uncommon for several Getz covers to appear on the The New Yorker during a single month.